My issues are with the story, not the audio. I was disappointed with the story itself
Not a thing. He was fine
Nothing. My issues are with the story, not the audio
All of them
I will rely more on reader/listener reviews in the future and less on NPR book reviews
did not have a favorite
I liked the book. It kept my attention until the end when I felt as though the author had gotten tired of writing and just ended, kind of taking the easy way out. The ending left me feeling like a leftover.
I really like the stories about
No, probably not.
Great story. I inadvertently read Left Behind before I realized who wrote it and that they were serious. I like this much better and I love this narrator.
The characters fall flat. We listened to the whole book because we were driving.
Linda in Omaha
I found myself entering into the strange new world of the characters. Makes one wonder what it would really be like if the rapture came and I was one of the leftovers...one left behind. Who would be taken that would really surprise us? Those we would never expect to be raptured from the world. Those who don't fit our idea of the saved ones. Very interesting. And how many people would deny it was really the Rapture?
Usually my policy with book reviews is "if you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all." Even if a book wasn't really my style I figure that someone worked really hard to write it and they don't deserve to hear their work torn apart. However, my reaction to this book is that it is so bad that I want other people to know before spending money on this one.
I heard about this book on a book podcast and it sounded like a really funny read. I've never read Tom Perrotta but am thinking that maybe his style isn't for me. The first 95% of the book is really disjointed and made me think of watching the nightly news if the news had hidden cameras and was reporting only the most mundane things that they saw. The only reason I actually finished the book is that I was hoping it would be one of those books where you are so blown away by the ending that it made the rest worth it. This ending was sloppy and disappointing. Basically it seemed like the author got to a point where he figured he should end the book and then drew all of the (too many in my opinion) characters together in the sloppiest ways.
I'm a christian, but was not offended by the subject matter, but can see how some people would be. If you are someone who is offended by different takes on the last days this book probably isn't for you.
Right after this book I found "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett. "Good Omens" is exactly what I was hoping for out of "The Leftovers" and I would highly recommend it instead of wasting your money on this book.
I heard an interview with Tom Perrotta on NPR which compelled me to give this book a listen. This is a book that will probably stay with me simply because of how unique the story is. The third person omniscient narrator seems to have absolutely no bias and although many religiously radical characters are portrayed throughout the book, the book itself never really gives up the truth about the event that propels the story, which is probably its most intriguing characteristic.
In an interview at the end of this audio edition, Perrotta admits that he began writing this story as a post-apocalyptic comedy, but sort of lost himself to the heaviness of his character's despondency. In this sense, the book is a jumbled mess of dramatic situations where the comedic relief is faint and belated. Still, the book can't quite pull off full-fledged drama and Perrotta seems scrambling at the end to tie everything into an optimistic bow.
Perrotta's characters are either extremely developed or almost flat. Their motives are rarely explained with such an overemphasis on the emotions that accompany them that it is quite difficult to related to many of the characters (especially Meg and Laurie).
Many of Perrotta's metaphors are beautifully crafted if he would just stop trying to over-explain. My favorite is when referring to "corn stubble poking up from frozen fields," but he unfortunately continues with, "like hairs on a leg that needed shaving," (214)--an unnecessary addition to a unique metaphor that really needed no further elaboration.
As for the narrator, I'm not really a fan. I've certainly heard worse narrations, but Boutsikaris makes each character sound vaguely the same. The women especially are all difficult to connect with because they all sound shallow, disinterested and snooty.
Overall, if you’re one for speculative fiction and the premise strikes you, perhaps it is worth your time, but for those who are a bit less easy to impress, rethink the purchase.
Was pleasantly surprised as the story unfolded. In the beginning the characters seemed disconnected but as the story evolved, you could see how their lives intersected. Good insight into unthinkable grief and loss...providing food for thought long after the book ends. I particularly liked the interview with the author at the end, he provided additional insight I found very helpful in putting it all together. I loved the narration by Dennis Boutsikaris, his interpretation provided just the right amount of sarcasm and wit, a necessary balance to this dark tale. Certainly a different kind of story, but recommended.
Found the story started slowly, then grew on me. At first, you're introduced into a different world and get to know a number of characters. As you're getting used to the different world, you get to know the characters better, and you care about them as they close in on their destiny.
Perrotta's a gifted, funny writer, and here he's exploring loss on a big scale, but it's the same kind of loss we experience in real life. If there's a takeaway, it may that readers who can buy in and suspend disbelief finish the work with an ability to deal with loss more felicitously than before.